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Briefly: LinkedIn retires InMaps, BBC's kids' coding, computing shows

4 hours ago | Posted in: education

Professional networking platform LinkedIn has discontinued its InMaps visualization tool. Citing the need to focus on new ways to visualize users' professional network, InMaps officially retired September 1. The feature was first launched in January 2011, and allowed for viewing different clusters in one's network and color code them as to see where crossovers and separations appeared.

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Briefly: Origin PC's 'Haswell E' processor, CyberpowerPC's Intel X99Ch

11 hours ago | Posted in: computers

Origin PC has announced that the new Intel Core i7 "Haswell-E" processors are available within its Genesis and Millennium desktops. The eight-core Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processor is based on 22nm Haswell-E microarchitecture, and features support for the latest in DDR4 memory, as well as Intel Turbo Boost technology 2.0 and Hyper-Threading technology, both of which aim to improve performance. The processors include in PC Genesis and Millennium desktops are also Thunderbolt 2-ready. More information can be found via Origin PC regarding specs comparisons.

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Google invitation to event in India may be Android One device launch

14 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

Google has sent out invitations to an announcement event due to be held on September 15th in India. Though not specifically hinting at a product or service, it is believed the event will involve the launch of the first Android One smartphones, a program Google introduced in June to provide low-cost Android mobile devices to emerging markets.

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Python script attacking Find My iPhone may be behind celebrity leaks

15 hours ago | Posted in: security, digital imaging, Apple

A script which allowed access to iCloud servers may have been behind the recent celebrity photo leaks, a report suggests. A Python script which discovered the password of an iCloud account has surfaced, with an apparent vulnerability in Find My iPhone potentially allowing attackers to "brute force" attack an account without any lockout or warning to the account owner.

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Chinese SAIC claims Microsoft anti-piracy measures are monopolistic

17 hours ago | Posted in: industry, software

China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) has questioned Microsoft Vice President Chen Shi regarding allegations of abuse of Microsoft's monopoly on operating systems, productivity software, and browsers in the country. As part of the questioning, Microsoft has been given 20 days to respond to complaints alleging that Microsoft's use of serialization of software may have violated China's anti-monopoly laws.

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Sony shows PS Vita streaming app, silver PlayStation 4, Morpheus

18 hours ago | Posted in: gaming

Owners of Sony's PS Vita will soon be able to watch streams of PlayStation 4 games on the handheld console, the company has revealed. Part of a number of announcements at Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show event, the "Live from PlayStation" app will reach the PS Vita in a future update, and will let the user watch not only a live stream of a local PlayStation 4, but also gameplay from other streaming consoles.

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Alienware announces new Area-51, shows Alpha at PAX Prime

18 hours ago | Posted in: computers, gaming

Alienware shocked the computer industry this week, when it announced the latest version of the flagship Area-51 computer. During the Intel panel on the future of PC gaming, General Manager Frank Azor unveiled the new computer on stage as one of the first gaming machines built with Intel's Haswell Extreme Edition processor and X99 chipset.

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Toshiba pushing TransferJet wireless adapters in Europe this year

20 hours ago | Posted in: networking

Toshiba will be attempting to make TransferJet more prominent in the US and Europe, by releasing adapters for the high-speed wireless data transmission technology. The manufacturer is planning to use the Sony-created technology to provide quick transfers of data between devices located physically close to each other, with the dongles shipping to Europe later this year.

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Briefly: Best Buy LG G Watch price cut, WhatsApp Android Wear support

21 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, software

Best Buy has cut the price of the LG G Watch by $50. One of the first Android Wear smartwatches revealed and released, recently superseded by the G Watch R, has been spotted by Android Police priced at $180 for both the black and white models. Despite the discount, it is likely the G Watch will continue to be sold for some time, most likely as a budget option compared to the round-faced stablemate's estimated $300 price tag.

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Samsung unveils soundbar for curved televisions, M3 speaker

23 hours ago | Posted in: audio

Samsung has revealed two more products ahead of this week's IFA show, this time pertaining to home audio. The M3 is the latest in Samsung's rival multiroom system to Sonos, following the M5 and the M7, while the Curved Soundbar is designed to match the same curvature and style as the manufacturer's curved UHD televisions.

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Claim: compromising celebrity photos due to iCloud hack

Mon September 1, 2014 | Posted in: security, digital imaging

A plethora of new celebrity nude images have surfaced on the Internet, along with claims that the photos and videos are the result of a hack of iCloud accounts. At least one of the victims of the leak has confirmed the images, but did not confirm the leak came from iCloud and added that the images now circulating were "deleted long ago," saying it would take a lot of "creepy effort" to obtain them.

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Briefly: Breathalyzer Kickstarter, 5960x in Velocity Micro PCs

Sun August 31, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets, software

Breathlyzer adapter for Android phones, DrinkMate, is -- at the time of writing -- a few thousand dollars away from reaching its Kickstarter fundraising goal. A 1.8-inch long device, DrinkMate will plug into a powered Micro-USB port, and used in conjunction with its companion app can display a blood alcohol content rating upon use. Users blow into its air inlet, removing the need for a mouthpiece, and the app compensates for impairment-related misreadings by ensuring the readings are taken long enough after the last drink. Data is intended to be visible and sharable, as to promote safety-related peer pressure. Those interested in backing DrinkMate's Kickstarter can make a pledge starting at $25 to later receive the device.

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Tech reviewer Anand Lal Shimpi hired by Apple; Anandtech to continue

Sun August 31, 2014 | Posted in: industry, Apple

On Saturday night, well-regarded technology analyst and reviewer Anand Lal Shimpi, creator and owner of AnandTech, surprised readers with an announcement that he was retiring from the site and the tech publishing world. On Sunday, Apple confirmed that it had hired Shimpi, though it did not reveal what is job there would be. Shimpi, 32, originally started the site that became AnandTech on Geocities when he was 14 years old, and said that the site would continue without him.

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Sony SmartWatch 3, SmartBand Talk surface in pre-IFA render

Sun August 31, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets

Sony's alleged update to its SmartWatch range may have surfaced, with the possibility of two launches rather than one. A render has surfaced showing the SmartWatch 3, though it is accompanied by what is believed to be a new fitness tracker called the SmartBand Talk, with the two potentially launching at IFA this coming week.

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Amazon battling on multiple fronts, Japanese publishers now protesting

Sun August 31, 2014 | Posted in: industry

In addition to its fight with publisher Hachette and UK booksellers, Amazon is also battling a series of Japanese publishers. In the process of launching a new ranking system in the country, Amazon Japan is alienating publishers, giving higher rankings to sellers that pay a larger percentage of income back to Amazon, and also boosting search results of publishers that hold larger back catalogs for sale on the service.

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Dell UltraSharp 34-inch monitor revealed with curved display

Sun August 31, 2014 | Posted in: digital imaging

Dell is jumping on the trend for high-resolution curved displays, with the manufacturer's first curved monitor. The UltraSharp 34-inch monitor, model U3415W, has a high 3440x1440 resolution as well as a 21:9 cinema-style aspect ratio, with Dell said to be aiming the screen towards gamers and typical purchasers of its Alienware desktop systems.

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Apple and AmEx rumored to team up for iPhone payments [u]

Sun August 31, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, industry, Apple

[Updated with claims of Visa, Mastercard deals] According to financial industry sources, credit card company American Express is teaming up with Apple on an iPhone payments system. The new offering is said to allow holders of an iPhone 6 to use the upcoming device in lieu of a physical card in retail shops with compatible hardware. It is not known if the feature will debut with the iPhone 6, or with a future software rollout.

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Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

Sun August 31, 2014 | Posted in: computers

As with its smartphones, Samsung has thrown everything it can at the wall when it comes to tablets to see what eventually sticks. However, even though Samsung holds the title as the largest single Android tablet maker, it hasn't made the same sort of inroads against Apple in the tablet space as it has with its Galaxy smartphones. It has launched tablets in all shapes and sizes, with multiple models and sizes targeting the low-end, middle and high-end segments making it a challenge for consumers to navigate. Its latest high-end model, the Galaxy Tab S 10.5, however, looks as though the company may finally have its formula right in its never-ending battle with Apple.

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Intel reaffirms its commitment, product lines to PC gaming market

Sun August 31, 2014 | Posted in: computers, gaming

At Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in Seattle this weekend, Intel took to the stage during the "Future of PC Gaming" panel to outline some of the ways that the company is bolstering its support of PC gaming. During the panel, Vice President and General Manager of Desktop Lisa Graff outlined some of the changes the company has made with gamers in mind, as well as where future technology will drive the market.

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CryptoWall malware collects $1.1M in file ransoms over six months

Sat August 30, 2014 | Posted in: security

In a five-month period, CryptoLocker-esque malware CryptoWall has infected 625,000 devices worldwide, and has locked down 5.25 billion files, according to Dell's security researchers. In that same time period, it has exceeded its predecessor's infection rates, and gathered over $1.1 million in file ransoms, with one victim paying out $10,000 in Bitcoin to rescue his own files held hostage by the malware.

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Microsoft Ireland data warrant upheld, stay on data turnover lifted

Sat August 30, 2014 | Posted in: security

A stay giving Microsoft permission to deny a warrant ordering email release from a user whose data is stored in Ireland has been lifted by Judge Loretta Preska. As a result of the order, issued on August 29, Microsoft has until September 5 to coordinate with the US Department of Justice and inform the court how it will comply with the original court order, demanding Microsoft surrender the data. Microsoft promises to fight the order, and does not intend to hand over the data.

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Briefly: Wipeout 2 for iOS and Android, Spotify Connect updates

Sat August 30, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Activision Publishing has released its action platforming game Wipeout 2, available for iOS and Android devices, as well as for Kindle Fire. Based on the competition TV series "Wipeout," players dodge environmental hazards and challenge to complete each level as fast as possible. Players can choose from 10 playable characters, including Zombie, Pirate and Popstar, with 150 themed obstacles and 135 new levels. Free to download, Wipeout 2 is available on iTunes, Google Play and the Amazon App Store.

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AT&T files patent suit against Cox over years of unlicensed patent use

Sat August 30, 2014 | Posted in: Investor, industry, networking

After what AT&T calls "years of protracted negotiations," it has filed suit against Cox Communications, alleging that the cable company has violated seven patents covering general networking, digital video recorders (DVR), and packet loss mitigation. In a change from "normal" patent suits, AT&T is not seeking sales embargoes, but instead looks for a "compulsory ongoing royalty" for products that use the patents in question.

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Intel launches Core i7 Extreme Edition processors with 6, 8 cores[u]

Sat August 30, 2014 | Posted in: computers

[Updated with information from Penny Arcade Expo]
Intel has formally unveiled an octa-core processor for desktop computers, as part of the Core i7 Extreme Edition range . Previously under the name Haswell-E, the first three from the range will consist of one processor with eight cores flanked by two six-core chips, with Intel also launching the X99 Express chipset alongside the enthusiast processor collection.

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Review: Logitech Hyperion Fury mouse

Sat August 30, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, peripherals

Selecting the correct gaming mouse comes down to finding a device that balances the needs of a user with a price they can afford. Often the features break down to styles of play, allowing manufacturers to design and market peripherals for specific genres of games. For first person shooters (FPS) the market is especially competitive, forcing companies to innovate and push themselves to come up with something new that gamers can't resist. Logitech Gaming recently released the Hyperion Fury, a mouse created fit the needs of demanding FPS players. But does the Hyperion Fury have what it takes to lure gamers in, or is it just another device on the shelves? Find out in our review.

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Briefly: RHA T10i headphones, 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2 48TB shipping

Fri August 29, 2014 | Posted in: upgrades/storage, audio

British headphone producer RHA has announced the upcoming release of its latest in-ear headphones, the T10i. Featuring handmade dynamic drivers, the noise-cancelling headphones possess a custom tuning filter system that allows for frequency response adjustment. Filter adjustments are also included for bass and treble response. Each high-fidelity driver is encased in an ergonomic stainless steel housing; other features include a multi-core, 1.35m (53-inch) oxygen-free copper cable with three-button remote and microphone (suitable for Apple devices) and mouldable over-ear hooks. Priced at $200, the T10i headphones will be available for purchase in Apple stores worldwide starting September 5.

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